Highlights of ACSF in Asheville Middle School
Paul Perotta, Tina Robinson, Holly Sutter, Jo Gibbs, Stephanie Cyrus, Kathy Lane, Teah Hartman, and Kristen Doe of Asheville Middle, Asheville High and SILSA are Fellows on the Supporting Differentiated Instruction through Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) project. This team will conduct research on differentiated instruction and grading practices. Each of the secondary teachers will then select one classroom to use as a pilot for differentiated instruction. Through this project, these classroom teachers will determine which strategies from their research have positive impact in the classroom learning environment. Additionally, they will work to implement the effective strategies district-wide.
- # of Students Impacted: All K-12 students
- # of Teachers Impacted: All K-12 teachers
Moira Bradford with artist Tamiko Ambrose Murray
Brian Arnolds with artist Ian Wilkinson
Sarah Dick with artist Ian Wilkinson
Mark Jankowski, Kevin Laws, John Moody, Terry Wright & Sara Monson of Asheville Middle School are Fellows on the Project Based Learning Research project. This team will engage in professional development that integrates learning across subjects, and with the use of laptop computers, to increase achievement and engagement among struggling learners. Through this project students will work in teams to experience and explore relevant, real-world problems, questions, issues and challenges; then create presentation and products to share what they have learned. The activities will be sustained for a two-year grant period through the embedded curriculum and activities that were developed and the expertise of the teacher leaders. At the end of the two year grant they will have developed a cadre of teacher leaders and approximately 5 classroom teachers who will be able to offer their learned expertise to others at their grade level, in their building and across the district.
Ruben Orengo, of Asheville Middle School, has been awarded $1,500 for a Strings for Students grant. With this funding Ruben will purchase additional violins to expand students' access to the music program at Asheville Middle. These additional instruments will be especially beneficial to underserved students who have limited accessibility to instruments. This project will enhance the musical opportunities for the new sixth grade string students.
2010 - 2011 Awards
A TAPAS grant was awarded to Harrison Davis for resident artist, Tamiko Ambrose Murray, with the Lessons on Personal Narrative project. This project will teach students how to write about themselves and different techniques of the creative writing process.
Amanda Swartzlander was given a TAPAS grant for resident artist, Nina Ruffini, and a 20th Century Puppets project. Students will be writing and performing original plays with topics from the 20th century. A group of students will be allowed to use puppets in their skit.
Two TAPAS grants were awarded to Moria Bradford. One for resident artist, Ginger Heubner, for a Visualizing History project. Students will be making colleges which reflect nineteenth century American Life. Resident artist, Erinn Huntley, and the 20th Century America project, will be helping students write and preform a play detailing key events of the twentieth century.
Jennifer Hartman was awarded an ACSF Micro-Grant to purchase books on the Holocaust in the single gender classes. These books will help children learn about the atrocities of the Holocaust and part of a larger unit of language arts and social studies.
Asheville Middle school was awarded an ACSF Micro-Grant for the Manga Literary Classic Book Series written by Harrison Davis. These funds will provide graphic literature for those students who are intimidated by the written word alone.
An ACSF Micro-Grant was given to Eva Chazo for the Diary of an Asheville Middle School Writing Project. This project will have student with disabilities create diaries of their lives in middle school including writing, layout and illustrating their work.
Asheville Middle School was awarded an ACSF Parsec Financial Math Literacy Grant for News2You Everyday Math written by Carly Smith. This project will help students with learning disabilities use math with current events.
Asheville Middle School was awarded an ACSF Innovation Grant for FEAST (Fresh, Easy, Affordable, Sustainable and Tasty), a grant written by Sara Monson. This project has had great success in its pilot year and will expand healthy cooking classes to accommodate more AMS students. Sara was also awarded an an ACSF Reading, Riding, and Retrofit Green Team Grant, for a Compost Bin, to compost the food waste from FEAST and the FACS class.
Asheville Middle School was awarded a ACSF Innovation Grant for Single Gender Education Experience written by Mary Margaret Sullivan. This program provides Gurian Institute training in brain-based single gender teaching strategies for all AMS teachers.
Asheville Middle School was awarded a Progress Energy E-Education Grant for Girls Science After-School written by Betsy Ray. This program will offer middle school girls the opportunity to participate in exciting, hands-on investigations, field trips and guest speakers in an after-school setting.
Stephanie Reagan, of Asheville Middle School, was awarded $6,000 to lead a team of teachers in incorporating hands-on tools created by Buckminster Fuller. Aboard Spaceship Earth uses the Dymaxion Map that "reveals our planet as one island in one ocean, without any visually obvious distortion of the relative shapes and sizes of the land areas, and without splitting any continents." At the heart of this work is assisting students to understand their role in protecting the spaceship we all share through integrated units that examine geography, science, social studies, math, technology and literacy. The Team will then train other Asheville Middle teachers and focus will be given to inter-connected, hands-on experiences.
2009 - 2010 Awards
Asheville Middle School is awarded an ACSF Innovation Grant for P.A.W.S (Pride, Attitude, Self-Worth, and Service to Others), a program proposal written by Barbara Groome. Teachers and students will be brought together for a day of experiential team building at Lutheridge in Arden, including outdoor challenge courses and group initiatives to introduce positive behavior support to AMS.
Asheville Middle School is awarded an ACSF Innovation Grant for Growing with the Greens: Educational Garden, a project written by Kristalyn Bunyan, James Rogers and Patti Griffin. The program will teach exceptional students lessons via garden education, and harvested plants will be used in fund-raisers.
Asheville Middle School is awarded an ACSF Fellows Grant for Engaging Non Fiction, a proposal written by Melissa Hedt and Amy Sheeler. The program focuses on increasing student competence with non-fiction texts across the curriculum through purchasing high-interest non-fiction reading materials and additional work with the teachers and literacy coach.